(Closed) Music during cocktail hour?

posted 10 years ago in Music
  • poll: To have or not to have music during cocktail hour:

    Yes, I totally notice if there's no music during cocktail hour and it's awkward, so music is a must.

    I don't notice if there's music or not during cocktail hour, but I think it's better to have it.

    I don't notice at all if there's music or not during cocktail hour, so save your money.

  • Post # 3
    6014 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I know i’ve heard music during the cocktail hour, but seriously that is the time your trying to talk to people you haven’t seen in ages, and later in the reception it can get a bit loud, or your not at the same table.  I say if it’s a significant amount of money … you could do with out.

    Post # 4
    5843 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I only remember cocktail hour music when the bride/groom do something really cool. One wedding had an awesome Frank Sinatra impersonator. So in your case I’m not sure the DJ is going to be memorable enough to be worth the expense.

    Post # 5
    1963 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I can’t remember one time I have heard it.  No wedding has ever had live music.  I prob would only remember if someone had a talented mariachi or Spanish/acoustic guitarist.  Like a harpist would totes be lost in the din of the weddings I’ve been to, and could be easily replaced by a nice recorded soundtrack.  Save moola, have more booze.  HAHA!  That’s going to be my mantra.

    Post # 6
    1029 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re meeting with a DJ tomorrow and I’m planning to ask if his speakers, etc will already be set up – we’d love to just iPod the cocktail hour (easy enough) and pay for 4 hours of DJ just for the reception.

    Post # 7
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We are having an acoustic guitar player for the ceremony and cocktail hour and then a DJ for the reception.  It would have been cheaper to just go with a DJ for the whole time but I really wanted some live music. 

    Post # 8
    53 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think it would depend on if the coctail hour and dinner be in the same room. If so, see if the dj can come and set up early. So that way, your guest won’t be sitting there watching them drag all of their equipment in to play your music.

    I went to a wedding once and the chose to have a stereo playing during the cocktail hour which was taking place in the same room as the dinner. Which was fine, but when the dj came and had all of their crew dragging in speakers and equipment, it made a lot of us think the dj was running late or they were just unorganized.

    If they are in separate locations, I would say just have a ipod or a few cd’s playing in the background during cocktail hour.

    Good luck!

    Post # 9
    759 posts
    Busy bee

    I have never been to a wedding that had music at the cocktail hour unless it’s something just played over the speakers.  Usually we are too busy socializing and eating the apps to really notice, and I didn’t miss it at all.

    Although I think it would bea  cool idea to have a DJ or a band playing during the cocktail hour .

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